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Intimate Partner Violence in Mexican-American Women With Disabilities: A Secondary Data Analysis of Cross-Language Research

Divin, Chris MSN, RN, FNP; Volker, Deborah L. PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN; Harrison, Tracie PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e31829edcdb
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The aim of this qualitative descriptive study, guided by Antonovsky's salutogenic model, was to explore the manifestations of strength within the interviews of Spanish-speaking Mexican-American women aging with mobility impairments who also experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). IPV events gleaned from 26 audiotaped interviews from 7 Spanish-speaking Mexican-American women, who ranged in age from 55 to 75 years, constituted the sample for this secondary analysis. Five categories were identified: abuse from early on that shaped sense of coherence; violencia tan cruel—threatened sense of coherence; “salutogenic” choices within the context of IPV; a quest for peace; and strength amid struggle.

School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

Correspondence: Chris Divin, MSN, RN, FNP, The University of Texas at Austin, 1710 Red River, Austin, TX 78701 (

This study was supported by a grant from NIH/NINR R01NR010360; T. Harrison (PI).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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